A bigamist who married a woman in Northampton despite already having a wife in Canada has avoided a jail sentence.
Simon Lack, of Cissbury Road, Briar Hill, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ court on Monday for a sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to a charge of bigamy.
The court heard Lack married his second wife Tanya during a ceremony in Ontario, Canada in August 2002.
Vicki Walker, prosecuting, said the couple then moved to Northampton for four years but then decided to go back to Canada.
Ms Walker said Lack’s wife moved back to Canada first on the basis that her husband would join her once he had sold all their possessions.
However, Lack did not return to Canada to join his wife and she did not have the money to pay for a flight back to the UK.
Ms Walker said: “The defendant went on dating websites and was cheating on her for a long period afterwards.
“The defendant sent his wife an email six years ago telling her that if she ever wanted to remarry he would not say anything and they could save on the cost of the divorce.”
Lack’s wife said she tried to serve divorce papers on her husband but was unsuccessful.
The bigamy charge relates to October 10, 2008, when Lack married a woman he had met a woman from Northampton at the Westone Manor Hotel.
Ms Walker said his ‘bride’ had told police officers she as completely unaware of Lack’s marriage to Tanya.
The court heard that she knew of Lack’s previous marriage to another woman, called Catherine, as he had used the divorce papers from the marriage to prove he was single ahead of their wedding.
The court heard that Lack’s relationship with the duped ‘wife’ ended last October.
After being arrested Lack told officers he did not think his second marriages was “real” as it was not a standard wedding ceremony.
Angela Hudson, defending, said Lack had “buried his head in the sand” and accepted he should have checked he was divorced from Tanya
Ms Hudson said Lack was currently working as a double-glazing window salesman but also works part-time as a wedding photographer.
She said he was doing “great things in the community” including setting up a food bank in Northampton.
Lack was sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work and must pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.